jueves, 5 de mayo de 2016

Headaches: Relieving and preventing migraines and other headaches - Harvard Health

Headaches: Relieving and preventing migraines and other headaches - Harvard Health

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Headaches — When to worry, what to do

Nearly everyone has had a headache, and most of us have had many. A minor headache is little more than a nuisance that’s relieved by an over-the-counter pain reliever, some food or coffee, or a short rest. But if your headache is severe or unusual, it could be a sign of a stroke, tumor, or blood clot. These headaches call for prompt medical care. Here are some warning signs:
  • Headaches that first develop after age 50
  • A major change in the pattern of your headaches
  • An unusually severe “worst headache ever”
  • Pain that increases with coughing or movement
  • Headaches that get steadily worse
  • Changes in personality or mental function
  • Headaches that are accompanied by fever, stiff neck, confusion, decreased alertness or memory, or neurological symptoms such as visual disturbances, slurred speech, weakness, numbness, or seizures
  • Headaches that are accompanied by a painful red eye
  • Headaches that are accompanied by pain and tenderness near the temples
  • Headaches after a blow to the head
  • Headaches that prevent normal daily activities
  • Headaches that come on abruptly, especially if they wake you up
  • Headaches in patients with cancer or impaired immune systems
There are more than 300 types of headaches, but only about 10% of headaches have a known cause. The others are called primary headaches. Click here for a rundown on some major primary headaches.

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